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Mango recipes

Nothing says summer like mangoes. Go beyond the criss-cross cuts - bake a mango-filled meringue loaf with lime mascarpone, start off the day with a sweet coconut quinoa pudding with sticky mango, or toss it through a spicy warm weather Thai salad.

Chilled recipes for summer

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Shark Bay Wild Scampi Caviar

Bright blue scampi roe is popping up on menus across Australia. Here's why it's so special.

Dark chocolate delice, salted-caramel ganache and chocolate sorbet

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Summer feta recipes

Whether in a fresh salad or seasonal seafood dish, feta's creamy tang can be used to add interest to a variety of summer dishes.

Koh Loy Sriracha Sauce, David Thompson's favourite hot sauce

When the master of Thai food pinpoints anything as his favourite, we sit up and listen.

Paul Carmichael's great cake

"Great cake, also known in Barbados as black cake or rum cake, is a variation of British Christmas cake that's smashed with rum and falernum syrup," says Momofuku Seiobo chef Paul Carmichael. "This festive cake varies from household to household but they all have two things in common: tons of dried fruit and rum. It's a cake that should be started at least a month out so the fruit can marinate in the booze. Start this recipe up to five weeks ahead to macerate the fruit and baste the cake."

Gifts under $100 at our pop-up Christmas Boutique

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How to cook wagyu

Anthony Puharich

Anthony Puharich

I've been noticing restaurant-grade wagyu - the really heavily marbled stuff that's as much fat as meat - in good butcher's shops lately. How can I cook it at home?

I love wagyu. It's expensive, but before you baulk at the price (and the fat content), remember that a little goes a long way. The really great thing about heavily marbled wagyu is that it's more forgiving of overcooking.

Cook it in a quality non-stick pan rather than on the barbecue or anywhere else where you're going to get flare-ups. You want to be able to control your heat source to achieve a nice thick, caramelised crust on each side.

Take your steak out of the fridge 15 minutes before cooking to allow the meat to warm to room temperature; this ensures your steak cooks evenly. Season it with good flaky salt and a touch of freshly ground pepper, and make sure the pan is smoking-hot before you begin cooking.

The natural marbling helps to baste your steak so, in my experience, you won't need to add oil to the pan. I prefer to cook wagyu to the medium end of medium-rare to give the marbling a chance to render down and coat the meat fibres.

I prefer it without sauce; my preference is to eat wagyu steak on its own to savour the unique flavour and texture.

Here are some wagyu recipes to try at home:
Wagyu with horseradish

Wagyu burger

Wagyu tataki with mizuna salad

Wagyu steaks with soy-braised mushrooms

Seared wagyu carpaccio

Wagyu brisket "pastrami" sandwich with coleslaw

Coconut-braised wagyu beef shin with pickled cucumber salad

Illustration Lauren Haire

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